The Secret Place

 The ultimate quest of our lives is to hear the voice of God. To be in His presence.  And this is His quest with us.  He wants to be in our presence.  This is what satisfies His heart and ours.  We must learn to pray, listen, hear, pay attention, and respond to what He is saying. Yet just like in a marriage, it takes time, attention, practice to get to know your spouse, to hear them, and to respond to what they are saying. Intimacy with God begins with the revelation of His love for us. God loves us! He chose you and I, He picked us just for him! He delights in our relationship, our fellowship with Him.  Yes, you are my darling, you stand out from all the rest, for though you are surrounded by the curse of sin, you remain pure as a lily, beautiful as a rose- more than all the others” SOS 2:1-2 Passion Translation. 

   We are his delight, his pleasure, the joy of His heart. He wants us to know Him and to be close to Him.  God placed in us the ability to know Him and to understand the depths of His love. He waits in the secret place longing for our next encounter together. He is jealous with zeal for us.  It is the beautiful communion the Lord desires with each one of us. It takes men, women with great courage to wrestle with all the competing distractions of life to go there, to stay there, and to abide in him. That's why it's called the secret place. 

    SOS 1:4 Says "the King takes us me into his chambers". It's a place for you and God, it's a sacred space carved out by us individually. A life in the secret place, a history in the holy of Holies.  It’s available right now to you and I!  There are no hoops to jump through, no rituals to get to Him, it simply takes a willing heart that will turn off everything else and draw near to Him.  He will do the rest!  

 “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8

    Just come to Him with expectation that He is near and He will answer and then allow His presence to consume you.  You may ask, “How do you know for sure he will answer”?  Experiences, encounters, a lifetime of nearness.  The bible says, “Without faith it is impossible for you to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him" Heb. 11:6.  God loves being with us and is calling us to the secret place.  He always comes to us.  Have you ever thought how He feels about you?  He desires to be with you.  He has chosen you for His pleasure, His delight, His child.  No more fear! No more shame!  No more hiding!  Just encounter Him in the secret place where He is calling you deep into!


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